2020 Democrat hopeful Julian Castro said on Saturday that federal immigration agency ICE should be abolished in regards to upcoming immigration raids.
Speaking from Philadelphia on Saturday, Castro said “I’ve said that instead of breaking up families, we should break up ICE,” touting his plans, should he be victorious in the upcoming election.
“This administration traffics in cruelty, and the images that we saw yesterday were just one more example of that,” Castro said of Vice President Pence’s recent trip to the border.
Castro continued, suggesting President Trump is “betting, basically, that there are enough Americans out there whose fear and paranoia could be stoked in a way that they’re going to out and vote for him.”
From The Hill:
White House hopeful Julián Castro called for the end of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Saturday ahead of a suspected operation to deport thousands of migrant families.
“I’ve said that instead of breaking up families, we should break up ICE,” the former Housing and Urban Development secretary said at the Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia.
The comments come a day before the reported start of an ICE operation in several major cities across the country that would deport thousands of families living in the U.S. without documentation.
Castro said in his immigration plan earlier this year that he would separate ICE’s deportation and enforcement force from its national security arm, which investigates human and drug trafficking and other transnational crimes.
The administration’s immigration policies are under increased scrutiny after a Department of Homeland Security watchdog report found “dangerous overcrowding” and “prolonged detention of children and adults” at facilities in the Rio Grande Valley. Twelve people have died in the custody of U.S. immigration authorities since September.
“This administration traffics in cruelty, and the images that we saw yesterday were just one more example of that. He’s betting basically that there are enough Americans out there whose fear and paranoia could be stoked in a way that they’re going to out and vote for him,” Castro said of President Trump.
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